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789789
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 5:04:36 PM
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I have seen people say, "I have taken to" this phrase followed by a verb. I will give you examples, say, "I have taken to running every morning", "I have taken to brushing teeth after every meal".

So what does "I have taken to" followed by a verb, mean? Is it the same as "I have started to do something"? Thanks.
Geeman
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 5:36:47 PM

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789789 wrote:
I have seen people say, "I have taken to" this phrase followed by a verb. I will give you examples, say, "I have taken to running every morning", "I have taken to brushing teeth after every meal".

So what does "I have taken to" followed by a verb, mean? Is it the same as "I have started to do something"? Thanks.

It's pretty near to "I have started..." It means "I have taken up X as a hobby or activity." The prepositonal use of verbs can be very idiomatic in English. There's perhaps a slight difference between "taken up" and "taken to" with "taken to" implying that the person is enjoying it or it is natural to that person. A duck takes to water.
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